The use of low-friction ball bearings in drive systems serves to increase energy efficiency and reduce operational noise. Bearings of this type will also reduce heat generation, which in turn helps to extend service life. Based on concepts such as optimised raceway geometry and special sealing concepts, NSK has developed several series of ball bearings that offer significantly lower friction characteristics.
Esterline Connection Technologies – SOURIAU announces that its range of circular connector with thermocouple contacts now includes a version with hermetic receptacle to meet specific requirements for aircraft, military equipment, and applications in harsh environments.
Facing numerous challenges in smart factories, system integrators (SIs) are always on the lookout for solutions that make the interoperability of operational technology (OT), information technology (IT), and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) protocols straightforward. Moxa is one of the few product manufacturers and solution providers to offer a comprehensive product portfolio that streamlines the interoperability of OT, IT, and IIoT protocols.
Lockout/Tagout is a great procedure to enable safer machine interventions by isolating the energy supply for machinery that is being serviced. Brady Corporation launches a new and highly practical Safety Lock & Tag Carrier that enables users to keep Lockout/Tagout padlocks and tags close at hand, and to quickly isolate energy points when needed.
Manufacturers continually seek ways to maximise productivity and efficiency. Today, those efforts frequently involve high-level programs that employ buzzwords that include cloud computing, data-driven manufacturing, cyber-physical systems and Industry4.0. These advanced initiatives are excellent concepts and can produce impressive results. However, manufacturing realities often interfere with the implementation of such ambitious plans, and a critical reality is the presence of uncontrolled waste in the manufacturing process.
Before discussing digitisation and optimisation, it is necessary for a manufacturer to examine its operations, determine where waste occurs, and develop methods to reduce or eliminate it. Controlling waste is the first step in preparing a manufacturing company for the adoption of sophisticated smart manufacturing strategies.
Figure 1 – Total image of all elements and how they relate and interact, in a manufacturing plant (NEXT STEP model and concept).
Southco has further expanded its successful line of rotary latching solutions with the launch of the R4-10 Rotary Latch with Direct Actuation. Southco’s newest rotary latch can be triggered directly via push button or lever-style actuator, without the need for a connected cable or rod. A rubber covered trigger alleviates potential noise between the latch and actuator during operation.
Well identified cables often are a customer requirement. They are also necessary to deliver standardised cable assemblies and to produce more efficiently. However, identifying cables can be very time consuming, especially if it is done manually. By automating cable identification you can save time, comply with customer requirements, deliver standardised assemblies and produce more efficiently all at once.